We've just had our 2 minute silence here for Remembrance Day, so I though it a good moment to repeat this which I put in an earlier thread.
Wed nights I go to a local college where our club uses the workshop tech facilities. Stan is a volunteer tutor who helps us with using machine tools.
Stan is 88 yrs old and is an ex-RAF Bomber Command Flight Engineer. He was attached to the Royal Canadian Air Force and flew 16 sorties over Germany until February 1945 when a nightfighter got his Lancaster and he was a POW until the end of the war. He had some harrowing times, including coming under attack from 'friendly fire' several times as the Allies advanced into Germany.
This summer, he went back to Germany (by train this time) - an aviation archeology group had found some remains of the Lanc. He was treated like a celebrity, interviewed for the papers and on TV, and they sent him home with a big piece of Lancaster. He said he felt quite embarrassed at such a reception when he'd originally been there to kill these people's parents!
Here's a couple of links to his story:
We are tremendously proud of our quiet, modest and knowledgeable Stan.
Interesting that I opened it almost to the minute of the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month our time.
Thank you to ALL veterans.